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The Material Girl&#39s latest world tour sold out almost as soon as the tickets hit the UK box offices. But lender Northern Rock and Clarion Events, the organiser of this year&#39s Mortgage Business Expo, have got their mitts on a pair of tickets for the Madonna Invention tour.

They intend to auction the £150-a-head tickets, which include overnight accommodation, on the site until August 12. Proceeds will go to The Children&#39s Foundation for terminally-ill children. In support of the charity, the Northern Rock Foundation will match the final bid.


&#39Investors uncertain if FTSE 100 can rise in short term&#39

Investor confidence has fallen sharply since the start of the year, according to JP Morgan Fleming&#39s monthly index. The survey, which was carried out among a randomly selected national sample of around 500 private investors in early April, shows a fall in confidence for the third consecutive month. The index stood at 73 in April, […]

Upset for Framlington as Japan star Mitchinson quits

By IFAs fear Framlington will struggle to find a suitable replacement for its star Japan fund manager David Mitchinson. Mitchinson resigned from Framlington last week to take a role with JP Morgan Fleming in Tokyo. During his tenure, the Framlington Japan fund returned 124.3 per cent over just one year and is first of 55 […]

ACA appoints new chairman

The Association of Consulting Actuaries has elected Adrian Waddingham as its new chairman. Waddingham, a founding partner of actuaries and consultants Barnett Waddingham, will take office from June 1, replacing Mercer HR Consulting worldwide partner Gordon Pollock, who had been in the position for two years.

Kenmir warns lack of capital poses big threat to IFA sector

The economic model of the IFA sector may not be viable, according to FSA managing director David Kenmir, who believes substantial reform is needed if IFAs are to continue to thrive. Kenmir claims most firms are substantially undercapitalised, with the main financial risks coming from their back-book of business rather than that currently being written. […]

The curse of long-term cash

Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset at Royal London Asset Management, reveals why clients should be seriously concerned when short-term holdings of cash turn into a long-term investment. There is nothing wrong with holding wealth in the form of cash on a short-term basis. For many people capital stability is important and access to ready cash […]


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